Multiple wrestlers signed to WWE have publicly asked to be released from their contracts lately. No one has been granted their release since Ronnie “Tye Dillinger/Shawn Spears” Arneill at the beginning of this year, but it hasn’t stopped others from asking.
During his conference call with the media earlier today (Nov. 20), Triple H - working his Paul Levesque, Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative gimmick - was asked about WWE’s approach to public release requests.
The Game didn’t offer a very clear answer with regard to corporate strategy, discursively talking about guys just doing it to work the internet, and temporary flare-ups between talent & management that blow over. But he did make it pretty clear he doesn’t have a whole lot of respect for people who do business in public.
Here’s what he said:
Without knowing the details behind folks like Luke Harper, Mike Kanellis, Sin Cara and others tweeting release requests, it’s difficult for us to judge their professionalism. I don’t think anyone else should tweet theirs, though.“Some of this, for some talent, some of it is legit. Some of it, in a moment of time, um, I think when you get to the bottom of it, I don’t understand people airing - if you have an issue, talk to us. If you think ‘oh, I’m gonna go put that on the media’ that’s not a way to go about doing your business. If I had a complaint with a talent, I don’t go on Twitter and complain to them, I speak to them. So I’ve never understood that process, if it’s legit.
Now there are a lot of people out there just getting clicks... I watch guys do it all the time. Sometimes I wish they wouldn’t, sometimes they just think it’s funny. There’s a moment in time with they hit something and it gets them a ton of buzz and they go [laughs] ‘I’m just messing with people’. You know, it is what it is, you let people say what they’ve got to say. But for us, there’s also a lot of talent that - I think there are moments in time when things happen, people get frustrated, they say some stuff. It’s like any long-term relationship, you say some stuff, you’re fighting and you’re like ‘I don’t want to see you any more’ and then you come back a few minutes later and are like ‘I was just mad at the moment, and of course I want to stay in this relationship’ and you know, [laughs] it is what it is.
But there’s a silliness to it, to me there’s a maturity issue of it’s not how you handle business. Anybody that’s out there that is serious about it that’s talking on the internet - that ain’t the place to do it. We all have phones, we all have cell phones... you handle your business like a professional. Everybody likes to think we don’t stick to the word and everybody likes to say professional wrestlers, the key word in front of that - professional. That’s what we’re trying to change about the business and make people more professional.”
Unless it’s just for clicks, I guess. It certainly doesn’t seem like it will lead to their being released.